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“I AM A MAN” Exhibit Extended

An exhibit featuring the work of eminent photojournalist Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007), “I AM A MAN,” now on display at the University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library, has been extended through November 15.

"I AM A MAN" exhibit

“I AM A MAN” exhibit

Withers was a freelance photojournalist based in Memphis, Tennessee who documented six decades of American culture. His photos appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Tri-State Defender, the Pittsburgh Courier, Jet, Ebony, and others, and have been exhibited globally.

While his body of work, estimated at 1.8 million photos, spans musicians, athletes, and US presidents to scenes of everyday life, “I AM A MAN” focuses on Withers’ collection of images from the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit presents powerful depictions of the NAACP Main Street protests, Tent City, March Against Fear, and the Poor People’s March on Washington, as well as memorials for Martin Luther King Jr.

Related: Exhibition of Civil Rights-Era Photographs Comes to UH

“I AM A MAN” was originally planned to end on November 3, and in continuing the exhibit for two additional weeks, UH Libraries dean Lisa German hopes more of the UH community will have an opportunity to view the images, located on the second floor of M.D. Anderson Library.

“I am very grateful that Dean Tillis from CLASS and the Links, Incorporated Houston Chapter brought this exhibit to our university,” German said. “I encourage all UH students to visit the M.D. Anderson Library and experience the work of Ernest C. Withers. His photographs are incredibly powerful and very moving.”

Sponsored Projects Call for Proposals

The Digital Research Commons (DRC) invites members of the University of Houston community to submit proposals for sponsored projects to run for the calendar year 2020. The DRC collaborates with researchers on projects involving digital techniques across the humanities, social sciences, and experimental sciences.

This cycle, the DRC will offer grants at two levels, designed to address projects at different levels of development. The first level, designed to help projects at the seed stage of development, will offer funding up to $5000. The second, designed to develop projects that have already made demonstrable progress, will offer funding up to $12,500.

We are looking for teams or individuals, experts and novices alike, who have a project that they would like to develop. This can either be a project that is already underway or one not yet begun. Prior knowledge of digital tools and techniques is welcome but not necessary. We work with our project members to help them organize their information, analyze it, and produce compelling results.

The DRC team will help you craft your proposal and, if your project is accepted, will help find training for team members who need it. We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Accepted applicants will work with the DRC to build their projects into working prototypes. We especially encourage applications focused on collections in UH Libraries Special Collections.

Contact DRC with questions at drc@uh.edu. Apply by December 8th.

How to Apply
Proposals, due via email to drc@uh.edu by December 8, should include:

    1. A 2-3 sentence abstract of the proposed project, including whether the proposal is for a seed or a development grant, and why
    2. A list of your project team members and brief descriptions of roles
    3. A budget for the calendar year, either up to $5000 or up to $12,500, depending on whether the proposal is for a seed or a development grant, and a rationale for each item
    4. A project description (no more than 1000 words) answering the following questions:
      • What is the primary research question driving this project?
      • What is the main contribution your project will make to scholarship?
      • Who is your intended audience?
      • What do you intend to be the final product completed under this grant?
      • If applying for a development grant, please describe your work on the project to date.

If you are a graduate student, please include a statement about how this project aligns with your thesis topic and research/writing schedule.

Dean’s Fall Luncheon

University of Houston Libraries hosted the Dean’s Fall Luncheon this month at the MD Anderson Library Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, celebrating the philanthropy of UH Libraries’ friends and supporters.

Dean of Libraries Lisa German with Joe Duff of TPC Group

Dean of Libraries Lisa German with Joe Duff of TPC Group

Archivists from UH Special Collections displayed selected materials from various collecting areas.

View photos from the luncheon.

Fall 2019 Promotion and Tenure Recognition

University of Houston Libraries and the UH Office of the Provost celebrated the accomplishments of newly promoted and tenured faculty and librarians at a reception this month.

Elizabeth Farfán-Santos, PhD, at the UH Promotion and Tenure Recognition Reception

Elizabeth Farfán-Santos, PhD, at the UH Promotion and Tenure Recognition Reception

The UH Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program was created to recognize faculty and librarians who have recently been promoted or achieved tenure. Honorees are invited to select a book that has offered inspiration or encouragement in their professional journey. Book selections were added to the Libraries catalog and book-plated, serving as an enduring tribute to the pursuit of excellence in service, scholarship and learning.

View video from the reception.

View photos from the reception.

By on October 25th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Stories

TPC Group Donates Historical Archives to UH Special Collections

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the receipt of historical archives from TPC Group. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, TPC Group is a leading producer of value-added petrochemical products for chemical, plastics, refining, synthetic rubber and other major industries. It has manufacturing facilities in Houston and Port Neches, Texas, and operates a product terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Petro-Tex Chemical Corporation Panel Truck, 1957

Petro-Tex Chemical Corporation Panel Truck, 1957

The archives, which include publications, photographs, administrative and business records, architectural and technical drawings, films, and press materials, will be preserved and made accessible to the public, as part of the UH Special Collections Energy & Sustainability Research Collection. The Energy & Sustainability Research Collection at the University of Houston Libraries documents Houston’s place as the global capital of the energy industry that continues to shape the city’s and the world’s technologies, economies, politics, environments, and cultures. Collections support a core university priority for research, teaching, and learning, and uniquely preserve the documentary history of exploration, innovation, development, and growth in oil and gas, alternative energies, and the environment.

In 2019, TPC Group marked 75 years of operation. Sara Cronin, vice president of communications and public affairs at TPC Group, noted the company’s propitious trajectory since its inception.

“Originally built by the United States Government during World War II as part of the Synthetic Rubber Program, our manufacturing facilities played a significant role during that time in our nation’s history,” Cronin said. “In 1944, the United States Government sought alternatives to the natural rubber supply in Asia that our country could no longer access. Innovative thinkers collaborated and gained strength from one another to develop and manufacture synthetic rubber and needed raw materials, including specification 1,3 butadiene. This noteworthy beginning for what is now TPC Group not only helped the United States win the war but has had a profound impact on how we now live our daily lives.”

Petro-Tex Chemical Corporation Librarian Leona Drouet, 1955

Petro-Tex Chemical Corporation Librarian Leona Drouet, 1955

Christian Kelleher, head of UH Libraries Special Collections and curator of the Energy & Sustainability Research Collection, said, “The TPC Group Historical Archives make available to UH faculty, students, visiting scholars, and our local community unique, primary source documentation of Houston’s petrochemical industrial history. Researchers in the archives will be able to discover new, historical insights about our region’s significance to American engagement in World War II, how scientific and technological advancements have both motivated and responded to their industry and business contexts, and how society’s many different concepts and ideals of sustainability in our local and global communities have evolved over the company’s 75 years.”

TPC Group was inspired to donate its archives to UH Special Collections as part of its commitment to corporate citizenship, investment and engagement in the Houston and Port Neches communities. The company’s history and culture of partnership, support, and transparency comprise the themes that emerge from the archive.

“Beyond the products TPC Group makes is the commitment to do so in a manner that is protective of our environment, community and nearby neighbors,” Cronin said. “Entrusting the preservation and documentation of the Company’s history with UH Libraries Special Collections will ensure the elements of our Company’s culture underscore how TPC Group’s story will be told, highlighting its role in the petrochemical industry and the value of its products to society for many generations to come.”

J.W. Morris, 1957

J.W. Morris, 1957

“We are very pleased to receive the historical archive of the TPC Group,” said dean of UH Libraries Lisa German. “We appreciate the trust that TPC is placing in UH Libraries to preserve and make their archives accessible to scholars seeking an understanding of the history of innovation and development of the energy industry in Houston and the Port Neches community.”

The collection is currently being processed. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact Christian Kelleher.

Student Artist Reception November 8

Morgan Stahl

Morgan Stahl

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library will host an opening reception for student artist Morgan Stahl on November 8 at 12 noon. Her exhibit, Steel Time Capsule, will be on view through January 2020.

Steel Time Capsule is a collection of various memories and representations of myself, my family, and our experiences. Whether it is an item from my grandparent’s house or moment from a fun family vacation, I documented many things from my childhood through my art and sketches,” Stahl said.

Stahl is a designer from Baltimore, Maryland. She moved to Houston to study architecture at the University of Houston. She is in her fifth and final year of school and will graduate in May 2020. Stahl works at DEK Studio as a design professional on various small residential and commercial projects. She first started sketching in middle school while also taking many art classes in and outside of school to continuously learn more about design and art. Growing up in a small but tight knit family has influenced most of her work. Her art is representative of family and the emotions that come with those experiences.

The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and the first 10 guests will receive a free gift.

Open Access Week 2019

This week marks Open Access Week 2019 with the theme “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge.” According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), open access is the “free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open access ensures that anyone can access and use these results – to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.”

Open Access Week 2019

Open Access Week 2019

University of Houston Libraries will host three events, and will introduce a new campus-wide open access service, to promote open access and to highlight University initiatives related to open access.

New Service

The new service from UH Libraries, the Assisted Institutional Repository Submissions Service, is an initiative to help faculty get more of their peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters, and conference proceedings publicly available through Cougar ROAR. UH Libraries will process any UH faculty member’s CV or list of peer-reviewed publications for permission clearance and deposit all eligible works into the UH Institutional Repository. For more information, contact Taylor Davis-Van Atta.


October 18: Open Educational Resources Discussion Group
University of Houston faculty are invited to join this informal gathering to meet and learn from others who are interested in open educational resources (OER). Brown bag lunch; snacks will be provided.

12 noon – 1 p.m., MD Anderson Library Training Room 10-G
Register here (walk-ins welcome)

October 23: Open Educational Resources
Do you want to reduce the cost of textbooks for your students? Do you want more flexibility with your course materials than is possible with a traditional textbook? Drop by the Faculty Cafe to learn about OER, freely available learning materials which can be legally used, shared, and adapted. In this session, we will address common questions about OER and provide information on how to apply for the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program. This event is in partnership with Faculty Engagement and Development and the CLASS Office of Educational Technology.

10 – 11 a.m., Faculty Café
Register here (walk-ins welcome)

October 24: Open Educational Resources
Do you want to reduce the cost of textbooks for your students? Do you want more flexibility with your course materials than is possible with a traditional textbook? Drop by the Faculty Cafe to learn about OER, freely available learning materials which can be legally used, shared, and adapted. In this session, we will address common questions about OER and provide information on how to apply for the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program. This event is in partnership with Faculty Engagement and Development and the CLASS Office of Educational Technology.

10 – 11 a.m., Faculty Café
Register here (walk-ins welcome)

Safari Books Online

University of Houston Libraries provides access to more than 500 databases. O’Reilly Safari Books Online is one of them.

Safari Books Online makes ebooks and video content available on a variety of technology, business, and engineering topics. UH users can access Safari and create a free account. View Resource Centers (quick links to curated content), search topics, and create playlists.

Other newly available resources include:

Access UH Libraries databases and research guides

By on October 16th, 2019 in Announcements, New Resource

DRC Hosts Research Clusters

This fall, the Digital Research Commons will host a series of events based on various digital research methods.

To offer a comprehensive introduction to each skill set, the DRC offers events in clusters. Each cluster will consist of three consecutive weeks with a lecture, a hands-on workshop, and a colloquium at which attendees can discuss their works in progress. Future clusters will cover topics including text mining and machine learning.

Cluster One: Network Analysis, October 29 at 12 noon

The first cluster begins with a lecture from assistant professor of management Kristin Cullen-Lester of the C.T. Bauer College of Business, who will discuss “Integrating Networks and Leadership Development: Opportunities and Challenges.” Cullen-Lester’s talk will cover various kinds of network visualizations and methods of network analysis.

The next two events in the network analysis cluster are a hands-on workshop, at 12 noon in the DRC on November 5, and the colloquium, at 12 noon on November 12. The workshop will be a walk-through using current datasets on pre-configured machines. Space at the workshop is strictly limited; please email drc@uh.edu by November 1 if you would like to attend.

Network Analysis
Talk, Kristin Cullen-Lester: 12 noon, October 29
Hands-on workshop: 12 noon, November 5
Colloquium: 12 noon, November 12

AMST Donates Hood-Velasco Maidana Papers to UH Special Collections

Dorothy Hood

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce receipt of the personal papers of noted Houston artist Dorothy Hood and her husband, José María Velasco Maidana from the Art Museum of South Texas (AMST). Located in Corpus Christi and affiliated with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, AMST advances the awareness, knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the residents and visitors of South Texas. The archives will be cataloged, preserved, digitized, and made available to students, scholars, and the public through UH Special Collections.

Hood (1918 – 2000) was a Texas painter best known for her Modernist works. Velasco Maidana (1899-1989), was a Bolivian composer and filmmaker. Donated materials include personal papers, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, journals, catalogs, artifacts, audio/video recordings, and ephemera documenting the lives and careers of the two artists. AMST acquired a major collection of Hood’s works in 2001, along with the personal papers of Hood and Velasco Maidana.

Christian Kelleher, head of Special Collections, noted, “UH Libraries is excited to join in the efforts of AMST and other leaders in the arts community to preserve and promote the international legacies of Dorothy Hood and Velasco Maidana. These archives are unique primary source documentation of two remarkable, creative people, and will provide new insights into their works, careers, and lives.”

Sara Morgan, interim director of AMST, reflected on the significance of Hood’s contributions to the arts. “Dorothy Hood was a Texas artist who lived an exploratory life that took her from her birth city of Bryan, Texas, to Houston, Providence, Rhode Island, New York City, Mexico City and eventually back to Texas where she resettled in Houston,” Morgan said. “Her work, much like her life, abandoned conventionality and explored big themes such as space, presence, spirituality, emotion and color. Hood was considered the sole female representative of the artist pack that commanded Houston’s art scene in the 1960s and 1970s. We feel it is fitting that her treasury of papers return to the city that embraced her art and her talent.”

The Dorothy Hood Papers and the José María Velasco Maidana Papers will be cataloged as Collections of the Art Museum of South Texas and the University of Houston Libraries. “AMST is pleased to partner with UH Libraries on the Dorothy Hood Papers,” Morgan said. “This collaboration will provide an opportunity for Hood’s archival materials to be fully examined, leading to a greater understanding of the artist, modernist, teacher and woman over her prolific career. Accessible information will provide expanded research opportunities and will ultimately further the recognition of Hood’s art.”

Dorothy Hood, Subterranean Illuminations (1982)

Dorothy Hood, Subterranean Illuminations (1982)

“University of Houston Libraries is honored to receive the Dorothy Hood Papers and José María Velasco Maidana Papers,” said dean of UH Libraries Lisa German. “Telling Dorothy Hood’s story will be a privilege and we are very grateful to the Art Museum of South Texas, its Board and interim director, and to its former director Joe Schenk for making this possible.”

Related: Public Art of University of Houston System Celebrates Art of Dorothy Hood, Trendsetting Texas Artist

The McClain Gallery in Houston will host a solo exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and collages of Dorothy Hood from October 12 through December 21, 2019. A selection of documents from the archives will also be on display. The opening reception will be held on October 12 from 2 – 4 p.m.

Related: ­­­McClain Gallery Announces Representation of Dorothy Hood

The collection is currently being processed. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact Christian Kelleher.